There is a history of resistance and activism at the Olympic games despite bylaw 5O.3 of the Olympic Charter, which reads, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” In the wake of the anti-gay laws in Russia as the backdrop of the 2014 Sochi Olympic games Bylaw 5O.3 uses video and sound to immerse the participant in exploring the impact an act of protest can have when you are on the world stage.
Bylaw 5O.3 is an interactive video installation featuring a three-tiered plinth, projected video, and sound. The plinth is in the centre of the room with a projector in front. Three capacitive sensors, each located on top of a tier of the plinth activates a different video when stood on by a participant. Each video is a short compilation of sound and video from iconic protests at Olympic games. The video played when the participant stands on the third place tier includes footage from the 1968 summer games in Mexico City, Mexico where athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised the Black Power salute. The video activated on the second place tier is a compilation of footage from the Indigenous rights protests at the 2010 winter games in Vancouver, British Columbia. The video played from the first place tier is footage regarding the anti-gay laws and censorship leading up to the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia.
Installed size 6ft x 2 ft, capacitive sensors, wide throw projector, speaker.